More Than Magic

I have always been one who believed in magic. Perhaps not in a literal sense, but I've always had a strong desire to believe in something more. To allow myself to wonder, to dream, to believe that magical things could happen. I actually know that they can, I know that remarkable things have happened all throughout history. So when I received the following text from my friend, Christine, last night, I was humbled. The fact that she could see magic within me... It was everything I've ever wanted...

"It dawned on me that I've pictured you that way for a while. From your mystical music, your quiet/calm temperament, the clicking of your high heels, your clothes, my memories of your black dress flowing behind you the evening you were capturing fireflies or helping a huge wounded butterfly. The fact that you have an affinity for old objects and live near the cutest little forsaken beach town. I feel like you're from a book; a character that you can't be sure is magical but really hope is."

That is perhaps the best compliment I have ever received... I hope that you, too, can feel a sense of magic and wonder when visiting my blog.

Today I am taking a step forward in my life, one that will, in a humble way, grow this "magical" (spiritual) side of me. I am going through the DC Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the first time today, to receive my Endowment... I never expected to be where I am when taking this step in my life... But now that it is happening, I wouldn't want it any other way. I have never been more spiritually prepared and disconnected from the world as I have been this year. The Lord has a plan for all of us, and He knew that I would have the best experience now.

shirt- madewell (on sale!)
skirt- c/o lulus
tights- target
shoes- c/o zappos
necklace & earrings- c/o the land of salt

I'm absolutely in love with this necklace and these earrings from The Land of Salt. Erica, the woman behind The Land of Salt, is incredibly talented. She makes everything in her shop, by hand. It is all carefully curated and produced, you can tell from her instagram, her products, and herself that she has a passion for what she does. Be sure to check out her shop and come back here later this week for a Black Friday coupon code! She's got some exciting things happening!


Threaded // Know Your Style

Hi Gentri Lee readers! My name is Haylee Atkinson and I'm a seamstress and aspiring fashion designer from Utah. I blog over at Threaded and let me be honest, I feel totally inadequate contributing to this series today. I was so flattered when Gentri asked me though, so I'm just going to roll with it and pretend like I know what I'm doing.  

So, style- it's something I've been thinking about recently, actually. Sometimes I feel like people get a bad rap for liking style or for paying attention to what they wear. And you know, I've found that that's not really fair. Anything that brings fulfillment or happiness in someone's life shouldn't be judged. For some, style is an outlet- a way to self express. Like painting is for some people, or writing, or music. It's a way to get to know more about yourself and a way to identity with the world. (That sounds so cheesy, but it's true!) Style and design are actually a big part of my life because I spend a good amount of my time sewing. And frankly, I know it's not curing cancer, but that doesn't mean it's a waste of my time. It makes me happy and I think that should count for something.

People have all different types of interests, and I think it's good to remember that if it's bringing someone happiness, then it's serving a purpose. 

Ok sorry to go on a tangent about that. I just think fashion bloggers tend to get a bad rap sometimes and it doesn't seem fair.

For me personally, my style is pretty standard and simple. Not out-of-this-world different from the norm but works for me. I like to make skirts and dresses so I end up wearing those often. I feel like I often times look too "dressed up", but it's honestly because I feel 100x more comfortable in dresses than I do in jeans. Jeans are like torture traps, I swear. I do also spend lots of days in leggings and oversized shirts and sweaters. Oh and when I'm home, there's about a 99% chance I'm in pajamas, even if it's 3 PM. Comfort is key to me. 

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Here are some of my current favorites; I've been loving midi skirts, crop tops, clogs, chunky knit sweaters, boots, different textures and fabrics (chiffon, lace, etc.), and pleated skirts. I'm also drawn to whites and lighter colors for some reason. I'd love to design wedding dresses someday for that very reason. 

And that's me! What kinds of things have you been loving lately? Doesn't even have to be style related, just anything in general. 


I'm Jealous Of My Friends

photo c/o lauren werkheiser photography 

Internet Jealousy... I hate to admit it, but this is something I struggle with. Even with my close friends. I can't help but compare and watch as other people's numbers steadily rapidly climb and mine seem to fall behind, even decreasing in number. People whom I helped get to where they are today. I try so hard, I work so hard; why is it that my hard work is not "rewarded"? Am I not pretty enough? Not thin enough? Not stylish enough? Not talented enough? Not funny, witty, well-spoken, cool enough? Am I not enough...?

These are the questions I sadly find myself asking, and for what? They do not benefit me in any way. In fact, they are detrimental to my health; not just mentally, but social, spiritually, and yes, even physically. These degrading and self-depreciating questions affect me- body, mind, and soul.

I know I am not alone here... I feel I can safely say that everyone who will read this has experienced it. (unless this is your first time ever using the internet. In that case, I'm flattered you came here. Now leave the internet forever, while you still can!) Online jealousy is a cruel joke. We as bloggers are here to share our lives, but when someone else's is fancier, bigger, better, prettier, and more popular than ours we can feel worthless.

I know I know, the blogging world is/ should be about building each other up, a community filled with others whose interests are just like yours. I fully support and believe that. I have made some of my very best friends through blogging... But there is a flip side that is not so pretty or perfect, and it's a hard one to fight against.

The truth is... That none of it really matters. (I mean yes, a lot of bloggers, including myself, do count it as a career. We depend on it for income. So in that sense it matters a great deal, especially for those who depend on it to support their families.) But this game, the comparison, the numbers... They do not matter. As long as what you are creating makes you happy and you are supporting others, then do your best to ignore the rest. Create your art and leave the rest alone. Numbers mean something to sponsors. They mean something to those who are too petty to understand what's really important (apparently I fall under this category). But they do not define you. They do not determine whether you are good or bad at expressing yourself. They do not define your worth.

You are worthy of so much more than a number on a screen. You are worthy of the moon, the stars, the sun. You are beautiful, accomplished, talented, and able. You are enough.

So remember that sharing your story is not for the famous, the model thin, the comedians, or the stylists. It is for everyone. Take pride in and enjoy your experience with social media. Share something positive, something uplifting. Make someone's day, reach out to someone new, or old, or sad, or happy. Make a difference.

have you struggled with a bit (or a lot) of "online jealousy"?


Wild Plum Co. Weave // Giveaway

I have been wanting a wall hanging/ weave for a long time now. There are so many different kinds out there, all so beautiful, it makes choosing one difficult. But when I stumbled upon Wild Plum Co.'s weaves, I knew I had to have one. She does custom orders, so I was able to let her know my favorite colors (taupe, pine green, gold, white, grey, and black) and she combined them into one beautiful work of art. I'm so in love with it and it matches the rest of my decor perfectly!!

Cassie, the owner and designer behind Wild Plum Co., and I are giving away a shop credit to one lucky winner so they can have their own weave! Be sure to enter and check out her shop!

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White House Garden Tour

A few weeks ago I was able to attend the White House Garden Tour. My friend was able to get tickets through work and invited me along. It was the perfect Fall day and the mood was light. I was a tad disappointed in the gardens... Compared to the giant lawn there really wasn't much, and the house kind of steals the show, anyways. It was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to be so close to the White House! We had a great time and then spent the rest of the day walking around the city, trying new restaurants, and wandering through shops.

You can see the podium in the back from which the President makes some of his addresses.
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